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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Little Mermaid at Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark High School's Tiger Drama will take audiences to a magical kingdom under the sea in their upcoming production of "The Little Mermaid" beginning next Thursday in LC's Auditorium. Performances will continue Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. All shows are at 7 p.m.

In the family musical Ariel, played by Genevieve Alexander, wants to leave her ocean home after falling in love with Prince Eric (Brennen Maguire). She must defy her father, King Triton, played by Alex Engelbertson, and make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula (Keyonna Knight) to become human and prove to Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. The show features popular songs from the animated Disney classic, including "Part of Your World," "Kiss the Girl" and, of course, "Under the Sea."

Other cast members are Danny Palomba as Sebastian; Devyn Seier as Flounder; Phoibe Purcell as Scuttle; Will Dubiel as Grimsby; Katie Ahern as Adella; Vanessa Butler as Atina; Hannah Hudson as Allana; Brittany Mendoza-Pena as Andrina; Madison Rasmussen as Arista; Madeleine Rush as Aquata; Melina Palomba as Flotsam; and Ava Walter as Jetsam.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. For information visit

Gonzaga U Theatre presents "The Golden Age of Radio

Gonzaga University theatre will present "The Golden Age of Radio," reader's theatre performances of classic radio with 7:30 p.m. performances Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 in the Magnuson Theatre. The program features eight students bringing radio shows to life - from "The Adventures of Superman" to "The Adventures of Ellery Queen."

Before television, people found entertainment through the simple sounds of radio. "The Golden Age of Radio" recaptures that experience and encourages audiences to use their imagination just as the original listeners did some 70 years ago. Senior Connor Brenes, who directs the programs, said he is proud to present the production as a form of education. "I want to share something with people that they have probably never been exposed to before and may never be exposed to again," Brenes said. "It is different from the norm that people will see on any stage."

Tickets are issued at the door for a suggested donation of $2. The Magnuson Theatre is located at the east end of College Hall. For more information about the upcoming season, visit

For more information on "The Golden Age of Radio," contact Summer Berry, marketing coordinator of the Gonzaga Theatre and Dance Program, at (509) 313-3606 or via email at

Mickey Avalon at the Knitting Factory Friday

Mickey Avalon, Daethstar and WILDCARD play the Knitting Factory Fri, November 30. Doors are at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Goto for your seats.

A Christmas with C.S. Lewis featuring David Payne at the Bing

Sunday Dec 2 3pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. The year is 1962 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life. He is hosting a group of American writers at his home just outside of Oxford. They have come to hear him speak about the significant events and the people that shaped his life.

As it is Christmas time, Lewis also reflects on how he views this festive season. As one would expect from a gifted speaker, the audience is treated to a display of oratory and humor that made Lewis one of England's most famous public speakers. David Payne's powerful, yet intimate portrayal allows you to spend an enthralling evening with a man whose books have literally changed millions of lives.

You will laugh, you will rejoice, you may even cry and you will certainly leave celebrating a great author who gave the world the Narnia Chronicles and a Christian legacy that few others can match.

The show is this Sunday December 2 3pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Ticketswest has your seats at 800-325-SEAT or

Celebrate 20 years of McManus and be part of a live DVD taping

Tim Behrens and company are recording the latest comedies on DVD for Holiday release this year. Next week, on Thursday, December 6th, at 7:30PM, they present the last and latest of the McManus shows, "Poor Again...Dagnabbit!", at the Bing Crosby Theater and they want you to be part of those audiences!

This time, Pat has written about how he has done it again….become poor! And he wrote this play for his even poorer and indentured actor, Tim Behrens. They guarantee laughs as we describe Pat's childhood of poverty, his inspired rendering of the recession's impact on everything from maggot farming to dating. Learn how to cut expenses by eliminating frills like food and work, and how to fight the energy crisis by staying cold.

Experience the effects of turkey gravy on young love, and blood sausage on old friendships. Receive financial tips from Old Ed, Pat's 100 year-old mentor, whose answer to the health care crisis: "I ain't had any health in 12 years, so why should I pay for it?"

Characters include Olga Bonemarrow, 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Deets, and the entire 3rd grade class, Crazy Eddie Muldoon, Mr. Muldoon, Retch and Mrs. Sweeney, Olga Bonemarrow and her father the Sheriff, the Boy, Old Ed, young Pat, Pat's wife Bun, Pat's sister the Troll, Pat's mom and grandma, an airplane pilot, Pat's doctor, 10 different hunting guides, Miss Peabody the car, several night crawlers, and a sequential vortex --- all played with distinction by method actor Tim Behrens. (Tim's method is to get out of the way and let the story tell itself.)

Tickets are $15 per person (plus a $2 Bing facility fee). PLUS, you get a discount on the new DVDs if you come and buy them in the lobby!

Buy tickets at the Arena anytime or the Hotel Ruby, near the Bing Crosby Theatre from 10AM to 2PM, and you avoid convenience fees. Show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are available through Tickets West.

Christ Kitchen's 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off is Dec. 9

Calling all Super Heroes! Christ Kitchen announces "Christ Kitchen's 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off" at the Davenport Hotel on Sunday December 9th in the Hall of Doges and Grand Pennington Ballroom. Thousands of guests are expected to view the spectacular gingerbread structures created by local professional chefs teamed up with architects, designers or engineers. This year's theme, "A Super Hero Holiday," presents unique challenges to the creative teams, as they imagine exactly how that should look. "Our chefs and designers do a fantastic job of creating unique and delightful gingerbread structures to reflect our theme each year. We are in awe of what they do with simple cookie dough and frosting. It is amazing," said Patty Seebeck, dietician and Christ Kitchen volunteer who works with all the teams. Each team has a different hero, so no two will be alike!

In Iron Chef-style, the teams bring their projects to the Hall of Doges, ready to decorate. They have just three hours to complete them from top to table, from 10 AM to 1 PM. The public is invited to come watch the frosting fly, and cast votes for the best. Last year's winner, Redeemer Lutheran Church (with ALSC Architects), will be back to defend their title against chef teams from Yokes Fresh Market, Twigs Bistro (with Integrus Architecture), Sweet Frostings, Coeur d'Alene Casino (with Baker Construction) and Avista (with Quisenberry). The event is free to view, and ballots will be on sale, for attendees to cast their votes. Super Hero Holiday structures will be on display through December 23rd for viewing only (no nibbling!).

Christ Kitchen's Gingerbread Build-Off also features a Decorate-Your-Own Mini-House event, in the Grand Pennington Ballroom, for kids of all ages. Pre-built graham-cracker houses, candies and frosting to stick it together are provided for just $7. Keep your eye out for a bigger than life-sized Gingerbread Man who is expected to visit. Children can have pictures taken with the Gingerbread Man. Jan Martinez, Director of Christ Kitchen said, "This event has become a real Spokane holiday tradition. Entire families come to see the gingerbread creations and make their own houses. It is the perfect intergenerational Christmas activity!"

Christ Kitchen is a job-training program for women in poverty in the Spokane area, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the ministry. Sponsors of this year's Gingerbread Build-Off include Avista Utilities, Rockwood Clinic, KXLY, Living Water Lawn and Tree Service, Northwest Christian Schools, The Davenport Hotel and Towers, Cyrus O'Leary's Pies, Shepherds Grain, Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and Pacific Northwest Inlander. Christ Kitchen is a ministry of Christ Clinic/Christ Kitchen.

"Popovich Comedy Pet Theater" coming to the Bing

The Bing Crosby Theater, announces the welcomed return of Gregory Popovich and his traveling pet comedy circus presented by Hotel Ruby Productions. 7:30pm, Friday December 14th 2012 and 11:00am, Saturday December 15th.

A unique blend of comedy, juggling, acrobatics and tricks, "Popovich Comedy Pet Theater" is a must-see for the whole family. Each of the show's performing pets have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed into international stage stars. Gregory Popovich is a fifth-generation circus performer with a technique centered on positive reinforcement and compassion. He builds unique tricks focused around the animals' personalities instead of pushing them to perform outside of their natures, resulting in a critically acclaimed, highly entertaining, unforgettable vaudeville act that you won't want to miss.

A portion of the ticket sales from this event is being generously donated to Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Spokane's High School Youths Pursuing Excellence (HYPE) Program. HYPE challenges and helps the advanced students of CYT to become leaders by serving the community around them. In late June, these students have the opportunity to attend the National HYPE Conference in Richmond, Virginia (part of the National CYT Expo). The students will gain a big picture of who and what they are serving, as well as receive the tools to effectively lead in their hometowns.

What's more, we have invited Spokane Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) and a group of their adoptable kitties to the lobby on Saturday to promote animal adoption.

Come to Saturday's show with a gift for pets of SCRAPS and receive $2.00 off your ticket!!

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